Hope for a Better Tomorrow
Based in Great Falls, Montana, Voices of Hope is the “someone” you can turn to when “nobody” understands or when “everyone” is too busy to listen. We are a non-profit organization committed to empowering individuals in crisis, victims of sexual assault, and our communities through advocacy, education, and confidential emergency services. Voices of Hope is the farthest reaching crisis center in Montana, serving 43 counties as well as all Native American communities.
Voices of Hope supports a 24-hour, 7 days per week crisis line, sexual assault advocacy, emergency assistance, information and referrals, and community education. We accept calls from a variety of individuals with issues ranging from suicidality and sexual violence to depression, anxiety, and relationship/family problems. No matter the crisis, we offer an empathetic ear, a compassionate heart and resources to support people in their time of need.
Our Guiding Philosophy
- We believe that everyone in our community is a valuable asset.
- We believe that everyone has the basic human right to live free from violence, hate, and deprivation.
- We believe that every human being has a spark of the sacred and is worthy of dignity and respect.
- We believe that everyone has the right to ask for help without shame or stigma.
- We believe violence prevention is a community responsibility as well as an individual issue.
Voices of Hope, in its conception, was formed as the Crisis and Information Center in 1971. It was started by a group of citizens who wanted to create a confidential service for fellow community members who were in need of crisis intervention services.
Community Help Line Inc. was formed in January of 1996 when three smaller agencies—the Crisis and Information Center, Rape Action Line, and the Voluntary Action Center—merged. In the early 1990s, an additional service of childcare referrals was added to the services of Community Help Line Inc. This service has become known as Family Connections.
In 1996, the board of directors of Community Help Line Inc. agreed to shut down their volunteer programs, known as the “Crisis Line” and “Rape Victim Advocacy.” These programs were later adopted by Opportunities, Inc. Until 2006, Opportunities, Inc. was the fiscal agent allowing Voices of Hope to use their federal tax ID to maintain non-profit status. This relationship with Opportunities, Inc. was outlined in a contracted approved by both Voices of Hope and Opportunities, Inc. boards. In November 2006 Voices of Hope received its own 501(c)(3) status and currently operates as an independent non-profit organization.
Voices of Hope is nationally accredited by the Alliance for Information and Referral Systems. As a member of the American Association of Suicidology, we are part of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network (1-800-273-TALK). We are also a member of the Montana 211 coalition, which provides referrals for human services throughout the state.
Board of Directors
Empower community and individuals healing through advocacy, community outreach, education, referrals and respectful validation.
Create a healthy, interconnected community in which all people receive support to reach their highest potential.